How's Life in the Digital Age?

Opportunities and Risks of the Digital Transformation for People's Well-being

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This report documents how the ongoing digital transformation is affecting people’s lives across the 11 key dimensions that make up the How’s Life? Well-being Framework (Income and wealth, Jobs and earnings, Housing, Health status, Education and skills, Work-life balance, Civic engagement and governance, Social connections, Environmental quality, Personal security, and Subjective well-being). A summary of existing studies highlights 39 key impacts of the digital transformation on people’s well-being. The review shows that these impacts can be positive as digital technologies expand the boundaries of information availability and enhance human productivity, but can also imply risks for people’s well-being, ranging from cyber-bullying to the emergence of disinformation or cyber-hacking. In sum, making digitalisation work for people’s well-being would require building equal digital opportunities, widespread digital literacy and strong digital security. Continued research and efforts in improving statistical frameworks will be needed to expand our knowledge on the many topics covered in this report.



How's life in the digital age in Greece?

The digital transformation entails more risks than benefits in Greece, relative to other OECD countries. Internet access and use, as well as the variety of activities that people use the Internet for is low compared to other countries. At the same time, the level of inequality of uses of the Internet is among the highest of OECD countries. In the job market, information industries do not add significantly to employment, and many jobs are at risk of automation relative to OECD countries. However, due to the low share of computer-based jobs, few people report worries about work outside of work hours. Digital skills of the adult population are among the lowest in the OECD, and students in Greece have access to fewer digital resources at schools, but only 4% of students report experiencing cyberbullying, the lowest rate in the OECD. While people in Greece do not use the Internet much for consumption, e-government, or job search, they do report comparatively high exposure to disinformation online.



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